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Holyoke City Council Meets, Casino Efforts on Agenda

Holyoke, Mass. (WGGB) — The Holyoke City Council is meeting right now before a packed house for the first time since Mayor Alex Morse changed his mind on allowing a casino in the city.

So far the council has decided to send the formation of a special 5 member committee that would review casino proposals to the Charter and Rules Committee for consideration.

That’s according to our crew who is on scene.

The special committee would review all proposals for a casino in Holyoke and they would also look at the impact such an establishment would have on the community.

Council members may also still consider approval of two $25,000 “grants” from Paper City Development, Eric Suher and from Iron Horse Entertainment.  The money will be used as Mayor Morse says for the “initial costs of reviewing the proposals to facilitate the appropriate level of review of [their] proposal.”

Paper City Development has revived its earlier plan to build a casino at the Wyckoff Country Club.

The third developer that has come forward expressing interest in a Holyoke casino is Charles Petitti of Holyoke-NonProfit.



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